So many people are talking CAFE and Daily 5 right now, it is hard to slow my thoughts down!
One great thing I have found to do:
It is important to focus on only one strategy when you are doing a minilesson, but it is HARD! As a good reader, I want to stop and talk about other things I notice, and inevitably, my students do, too!
As we acquire more and more skills, and our CAFE board starts to look like there is something on the menu, I take a day where we read a new book and see how many of our strategies we use while reading it. I have little post-its, and when a child uses a strategy on the menu board, he gets to go put a post-it on that strategy. As students use other strategies, we do the same thing. When we finish the book, we look to see how many strategies we used, and we discuss the importance of so many strategies. It is a great lesson, and we do it 2-3 times a year.
The visual of the CAFE board is a great asset to this whole workshop approach, but for this lesson, it is essential!